In today’s world, technology is making it easier for you to land your next position. Next to in-person interviews, telephone interviews used to be the most popular interview type. Video conference interviews are the new wave. These interviews can be awkward and challenging. Here’s how to prep and what to include on your next video conference interview.
Get in the Right Mindset
Video interviews are no different than an in-person interview except that you might not be wearing pants. Acknowledge that the video you’re recording or the person you’re talking to is exactly how you would present yourself in-person. Be yourself. Don’t get anxious about messing up. Exude a relaxed style that communicates confidence, enthusiasm, and intelligence.
Dress for Success
The interviewer will be relying on visual stimuli such as a put together suit, eye contact, or body language. Use these aspects to your advantage. Make sure to dress well and have a put together environment. Pick a place that has a solid backdrop and isn’t too noisy. No one wants to see your dirty laundry in the corner of the screen.
Do Your Research
Research the company and their values and truly understand what their mission is as a company. You want to be able to show you are interested as much as you can since you can’t convey it in-person.
Set Aside Enough Time
If you are currently in a job or unemployed and searching for jobs, make sure you set aside at most an hour for the video conference interview. Allow enough time to have the conversation and with no interruptions.
Review the Job Opening
Research the company and understand the types of questions that will be asked. Make sure you touch on all the objectives the interviewer wants to hear. This makes for a smoother conversation.
Show Off Your Personality
When you’re not meeting with someone in-person, the ability to read people becomes tougher. It’s important that you show sincere interest in the job, verbalize qualifications, and aggressively pursue the position. Talk about every aspect of the job and how you can become a great asset to the company. Be proud of your qualifications and let the interviewer know about it. Talk with action. Let them know you want to take it to the next step.
Keep These Items on Hand
These are some items what will be very useful during the video conference interview. You do not want to be scrambling around trying to find these items so having them in front of you will take the ease off.
- Copy of the Version of the Resume Sent to the Interviewer
- Notepad and Pen
- Company Literature
- 5 or 6 Carefully Worded Questions to Ask
These tips should guarantee that you can take it to the next step of an in-person interview or offer.